White House task force projects 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in U.S., even with mitigation efforts
With New York City bracing for the peak of the coronavirus outbreak to potentially hit in as soon as a week, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) issued an urgent call to federal officials, including President Trump, as well as regular city dwellers to step up with help, and fast.
“We have a quarter of all coronavirus cases in America,” de Blasio said Tuesday afternoon from the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, where courts have been turned into a makeshift hospital for coronavirus patients. “This coming Sunday, April 5, is a demarcation line. This is when we must be prepared for what we expect is a huge increase.”
De Blasio said he’s requested 1,000 nurses, 300 respiratory therapists and 150 doctors from the ranks of both reserve and deployed military personnel to boost caregiving capacity when the wave of new cases hits. He said the federal government has already supplied 2,500 ventilators, a crucial resource during the pandemic, but that the city needs a total of 15,000 in short order.
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[Source: Washington Post]